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LucasWoods

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10-09-2014 02:29 AM

I have seen some grizzly solid maple tops. I was wondering if there is any other manufacturers that make work bench tops? I am open to suggestions.

-- Colorado Springs, CO


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#1 posted 10-09-2014 02:59 AM

You can get some from Woodcraft:
http://www.woodcraft.com/search2/search.aspx?query=workbench%20top&c2=SH_Shop%20Accessories&c3=SA122_Workbenches&c4=SA122-04_Workbench%20Components

Also, I have heard a few people using Ikea kitchen counter tops (you can sandwich two together if you want).

Most local lumber dealers also sell these. That’s where I looked first… but after doing some calculations, I found it quite pricey. I eventually glued up my own. I used LVL 2×4 beams which is rather uncommon, but it was only for a “side-bench”, and worth a try. Glue-up was quite easy, since these beams are very flat to start with. I put a skirt around it, and an oil/shellac/wax finish:

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#2 posted 10-09-2014 03:18 AM

Clean work Dr.Tebi.

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#3 posted 10-09-2014 11:10 AM

Nicework and great

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#4 posted 10-09-2014 12:19 PM

I have seen Maple tops at one of the suppliers I used in Houston – Houston Hardwoods. Don’t remember a price. I have also heard that you can get cabinet sops to make them for you for cheap. That might be a good route if you have a friend in the business.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#5 posted 10-09-2014 03:02 PM

I think it’s awesome – super-stable, great looking, etc. Brilliant!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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LucasWoods

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#6 posted 10-09-2014 03:25 PM

Yeah I am still going back and forth on wether or not to build my own bench or to buy a top and go from there

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#7 posted 10-10-2014 05:25 AM

What is stopping you from making your own bench? Just curious.

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#8 posted 10-13-2014 01:19 PM

Time and I am very new to woodworking. He workbench is something that will probably stay with me for a very very long time 10 years plus. So I want to try to take out any uncertainty about my skill by buying pre fabricated. Benches I have found that are pre built are very expensive so maybe meeting in the middle ground will mean less time spent building it and less of a chance I will mess something up.

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#9 posted 10-13-2014 02:08 PM

I think the benchtops we get at work are from Grainger, I think. We add some 80-20 frames under them, and a cage of the stuff over it.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#10 posted 10-13-2014 02:11 PM

Time and I am very new to woodworking. The workbench is something that will probably stay with me for a very very long time 10 years plus. So I want to try to take out any uncertainty about my skill by buying pre fabricated.

That’s pretty much where I was five years ago (I had only been doing woodworking for a year or so) when I decided to build my own bench instead of being a pre-fab/pre-built.

Think of it as a skill-builder. I learned a lot while building my bench, it serves me well every day, and is still solid as a rock.

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-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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LucasWoods

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#11 posted 10-13-2014 02:46 PM

That bench is beautiful how much did it run you?

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#12 posted 10-13-2014 02:51 PM

The benchtop itself will be 1/10th of the work you put into a bench. I wouldn’t spend my money there. Instead use the money you would have spent on the benchtop to buy a tool that will help your woodworking.

I bought all rough lumber and had it all milled and ready to glue in a day, Glueup too a week of evenings (5 glueups total), so maybe 10-12 hrs. No skill involved other than knowing how to use a tablesaw (barely) and jointer/planer. If you go with something like 2×12’s, you can cut the time you spend on milling down to just a few hours, and you might learn something.

By comparison, I have maybe 30-40 hours in making and fitting leg tenons. Stretchers another 6-8 hours. Making the base assembly simple can really save on time.

-- -Dan

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#13 posted 10-13-2014 03:04 PM

That bench is beautiful how much did it run you?

Out-of-pocket costs for lumber, hardware (including the 2 vises and mobile base), and finish was around $400.00.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#14 posted 10-13-2014 03:04 PM

I have to agree w/ Pezking. The top glue up is one of the easier aspects of building a bench. Flatten w/ hand planes, easy and cheap. Save your money for good vises.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#15 posted 10-14-2014 05:08 PM

Thank you all for the input what wood should I get for the top? Obviously a hard wood but, what type (preferably one I can get from a hardware store) also how thick should the too be ideally?

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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